OXFORD, Miss. (WJTV) – A grand jury indicted a man for the murder of University of Mississippi student Jimmie ‘Jay’ Lee.
Oxford police said they presented its case against 22-year-old Sheldon Timothy Herrington, Jr., on March 27, 2023. After a day and a half of testimony, the grand jury indicted Herrington on the charge of capital murder.
Jimmie “Jay” Lee, 20, was last seen in early July at an apartment complex in Oxford. Lee was well known in the LGBTQ community in Oxford, and his disappearance sparked fear among students and residents.
According to investigators, Herrington was served Wednesday morning by the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department on the indictment of capital murder. They said he is still under his previous bond set by a Third Circuit Judicial District Court.
Herrington agreed to surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor.
Herrington’s attorney, Kevin Horan, said Wednesday that a court appearance was not immediately scheduled for Herrington, who has maintained his innocence.
“The return of the prematurely publicized indictment is simply a routine step in the process,” Horan told The Associated Press.
Police say Herrington’s cellphone history showed conversations between him and Lee the morning of July 8. They said Herrington did computer searches about international travel, and they found Google searches for “how long it takes to strangle someone” minutes after Lee reportedly told Herrington he was on his way to the apartment.
Officers continue to search for Lee’s body, Oxford police said Wednesday.
Police stated that trial dates and proceedings will be set at a later date.
If anyone has any information on the case, they can contact the Oxford Police Department at 662-232-2400 or Crime Stoppers at 662-234-8477.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.